The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

06qwvnklwkox t
Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn&'t look all that great: they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them. But Tibby says they&'re great. She'd love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they&'re fabulous. Lena decides that they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen (who never thinks she looks good in anything) thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs, they decide to form a sisterhood and take the vow of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . . the next morning, they say good-bye. And then the journey of the pants &... and the most memorable summer of their lives &... begins.
Curriculet Details
65 Questions
65 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 8th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining cultural references to help support understanding of setting, to help keep track of shifts in point of view and to explain important literary devices. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos contrasting the novel and the movie and videos explaining literary devices such as point of view, symbolism, and emerging theme . Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of important characterization elements, plot devices such as foreshadowing, and literary analysis of vivid passages of the story. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

The curriculet is being added to your library

Prologue

By beginning the novel with a description of the jeans, and by the fact that they are part of the title of the novel, we know that the jeans are an important symbol. What do they represent? To help you decide what they might mean, watch the video below. (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
Where did the girls' mothers meet? 
This book can become confusing, as all four girls are equally important to the story. It would be helpful to take note about what makes each girl unique, to keep track of what's happening.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4
What do the jeans symbolize, according to Carmen? 

Chapter 1

The prologue was written in a different point of view than this chapter. See below for more information about point of view, and why it is important to stories.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
As she gets ready to leave, Tibby doesn't want to feel sad, so she 
There are two ways authors help readers understand the personality of characters. One is through indirect characterization, where the author describes what a character says, thinks, does, and looks like, as well as what others say to or about them. What might Tibby's insistence on oversized pants mean? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3
To convince Bridget, Carmen 
One way that the author adds to the importance of these jeans is to give them human like characteristics. This technique is called personification. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
Where do they go to say goodbye and to celebrate the jeans? 
Just as the pants symbolize friendship, a theme about friendship is beginning to emerge in this novel. A theme is more than a symbol, it is a central idea. In this novel, the importance of friendship is a theme. See below to help you find more themes as they emerge. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 2

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.6
Who is the narrator of this section? 
The writer is telling you that Tibby is embarrassed about her job by the way she acts here. This would be an example of indirect characterization. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4
What type of characterization is evident here? 
Can you imagine a more beautiful sight? See below:  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
What does Carmen believe will happen by the end of the summer? 

Chapter 3

Quite often, this author uses something called imagery to paint a picture in the mind of the reader. In this case, by describing the door as an over-easy-egg-yolk, the reader can clearly see the color. See below for more information about imagery. (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
Remember, Tibby is the one with a job she is embarrassed about. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3
Why might the author have Tibby set up a display in deodorants, rather than begin her job doing something more glamorous?  
Duncan is implying that she is a thief. Can her job get any worse? 

Chapter 4

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3
What type of characterization is evidenced in the highlighted text? 
Remember, Carmen is the one traveling to spend time with her divorced father. It can be confusing to keep track of the different characters, so it may help to try and keep notes on each character. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
Why might Carmen's dad have bought a larger, more practical car? 
This sentence represents foreshadowing, which is when the author plants hints about what is to come in the mind of the reader. Why might her dad have moved to a big house in the suburbs?  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3
This indirect characterization serves to 
Note the direct characterization here, just to clarify how she might feel about the new plans for the summer. 

Chapter 5

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.2
When Lena thinks about boys, she 
If Kostos looks this way, then there is some story behind his being an only child. What story might this be? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
What does Kostos do that makes Lena dislike him? 
Note the simile here. Authors use figurative language, like similes, when they want their readers to be able to imagine what something is like. 

Chapter 6

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
What kind work does Wallman's have Tibby doing? 
Every time the author changes narrators, she is careful to make sure to use the new girl's name. Pay attention to when the names and locations change, so you can tell where the story is now. Remember that Carmen is the girl who originally bought the jeans and who is staying with her dad and new potential step-mom. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3
Carmen's motivation for describing her mother is to 
Although her mother is partly correct, at this point, Carmen is more than disappointed. How would you feel? Is she being fair to the new family? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
Who is Eric? 
Bridget obviously cares very much for her mother, even though she has passed, and doesn't seem to trust boys very much. You can infer, or make an educated guess, about her feelings based on her actions and what she thinks. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
What is Bridget's goal now? 

Chapter 7

Below is an aerial image of Ammoudi. Remember that Lena is in Greece.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.5
Which of the following literary devices best describes the highlighted text? 
Because Tibby rode with Bailey to the hospital, and because she rode her bike to Bailey's house to return the wallet, the author is telling you that Tibby is a responsible young lady. Since the author doesn't say this directly, this is more evidence of indirect characterization. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
If Tibby acts apologetic to Bailey because her leukemia disease, then Bailey will feel 
One of the motifs or reoccurring ideas in this book is the idea of letters. To keep connected with their friends, they write letters to each other. Lena mentions Oia, which is another place in Greece. See below for an image of the bell tower.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3
What type of characterization is evidenced in the highlighted text? 

Chapter 8

It seems that Tibby resents her little brother and sister. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
Why does Bridget brush Eric with her hair? 
Note the personification of the pants. See below for more information about this literary technique.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
What might Lena's grandmother believe has just happened, based on how Lena looks and what she says? 

Chapter 9

Ch 1-8 
Is Carmen being fair to her step-family, or is she right to be so upset? Who's fault is it that she didn't know her dad was getting married? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
Based on textual evidence, which will Bailey prefer, honesty or lies? 
Bailey appears to be like a younger, more extreme Tibby. What might happen, if Bailey dies? 
Pay attention to the details of this scene, and be prepared to compare to the below scene from the movie.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
Based on this detail about her clothes, and how she typically dresses, Bridget is normally 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.7
What is one difference between the movie scene and the story? 
Recall that Lena came home, with her shirt buttoned wrong, and declared that Kostos was not a nice boy. What might her grandfather be shouting about? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
Why might Bridget want prettier clothes? 

Chapter 10

Every time Carmen wants to find a reason to be nasty to Lydia, reality points out that Lydia is not a bad person. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3
What type of characterization is evident in the highlighted text? 
Molly is asking Bridget and her team to work on acting as a team, not in scoring. Can Bridget work well with others? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
Why might Carmen not feel happy about her dad hugging her? 
Is she really invisible? Not really, but Carmen feels that she is not important to anyone in South Carolina. What might she want to do next? 

Chapter 11

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
Tibby and Bailey are becoming friends. This furthers the theme that friendship is important. What will happen when the other girls come back? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.2
Summarize in your own words what Bridget figures out about Tibby's parents. 
Math is logical and is easy for Carmen to understand, unlike her life with her father. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.2
Who might Paul be going to visit? 
Carmen sees herself as the same as Paul's father, with her own father feeling ashamed of her. Because this novel is written in third-person limited point of view, we can only know for sure the thoughts and motivations of whoever the narrator is at the moment. 

Chapter 12

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4
Which of the following literary devices best describes the highlighted text? 
Although Tibby thought he would look pathetic, right now she is seeing him as brave and capable. 
The author uses many different examples of figurative language to help the reader imagine the scene. Here, the author uses onomatopoeia to describe the sounds of the cereal. See below, for a video that shows other examples of onomatopoeia.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4
What motif is furthered in the highlighted text? 

Chapter 13

Again, because we can only see Carmen's thoughts and not those of the others, Carmen's feelings of being unnoticed are the only ones we can be sure of. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
Paul's words reveal that 
To the girls, the jeans symbolize friendship, a way to stay connected. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3
Which type of characterization is evident in the highlighted text? 
The theme of the importance of friendship is evident in this part of the novel as well, as Tibby imagines that Margaret must not have many friends. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
What is Bridget's goal in this novel so far? 

Chapter 14

If Tibby lets her wear the pants, then Bailey really is her friend. Will Tibby let her? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3
Tibby thinks that Bailey is 
Will Lena be able to live with the outcome of the misunderstanding? Her grandfather thinks Kostos raped her. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
By thinking that she is invisible, Carmen really feels that 

Chapter 15

To make her father realize how upset she is, Carmen acts out. See below for a movie version of this scene within the movie trailer.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4
Which of the following literary devices best represents the highlighted text? 
So far, both Carmen and Lena have had what appears to be a negative experience with the pants. What will happen to Bridget? Are the pants really a good thing? 

Chapter 16

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.2
Which of the following themes is evident in the highlighted text? 
At this point, Bridget is trying to help her team. Will she succeed in being fair to her teammates?  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3
Why does Carmen have such a hard time explaining to Tibby what happened? 
Do friends always tell you what you want to hear? Just as friendship is important, this novel explores what makes a good friend. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 

Chapter 17

Ch 9-16 
Here, the author's choice of point of view comes into play. Because we could not know what Kostos was thinking, we only knew that Lena believed he had stalked her. Now she knows this place is Kostos's private swimming place. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4
In the highlighted text, her imagination is an example of 
Friends was a popular television show which ran from 1994-2004. A group of friends all lived together in Manhattan.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4
Which of the following literary devices best describes the highlighted text? 

Chapter 18

Will Lena ever tell the truth about what happened? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3
What does Diana represent to Bridget? 
Bridget is making a reference to Walt Whitman here, "Song of Myself" part 51. It is possible that Bridget, who was hyper alert for weeks, is bi-polar. See below for more information about this disorder.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.5
What is the difference between the three notes Carmen considers sending her father? 
Lena is being very brave here, by explaining what really happened. 

Chapter 19

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.6
How does the point of view in the highlighted text affect the story here? 
Now, that two of the friends are back together, will the point of view change from third-person limited, where we only know the thoughts and motivations of one character, to third-person omniscient, where we'll know the thoughts of everyone? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
Who is asking the tough questions in this interview? 
This marks the end of the section with TIbby, Carmen, and Bailey. Bailey is acting as though she is more mature than the other friends. What in her life might make her want to get to the heart of the matter more quickly than the other girls? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.5
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
Note the theme of the importance of friendship here, as Tibby's world is falling apart. Will Bailey live? 

Chapter 20

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
What has happened to Mimi? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.2
Summarize in your own words the advice Carmen's mom gives her in the highlighted text. 
The WB was a television network from 1995-2006. One of their shows was called Dawson's Creek. See below for one actress's opinion of the show.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
What might be wrong with Bridget? 

Chapter 21

Why can't Tibby face Bailey? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
What is different between Carmen and her father? 
Remember that the pants symbolize friendship. What will Tibby do? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
Lena has found a kindred spirit, a person that seems the same as she is, in her grandfather. 

Chapter 22

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3
Why does Lena refuse to tell Kostos the truth? 
Even now, Bailey shows that she understands how to be a friend. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3
By insisting that Tibby go to work, Bailey is 
Carmen is at peace with her father getting married because she knows he loves her. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.6
How does the point of view affect the story in this scene between Eric and Bridget? 
What does she need? 

Chapter 23

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
Tucker knows very little about Tibby, but Angela, one of the people Tibby set out to mock, knows and cares. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.2
Which theme is evident in the highlighted text? 
Kostos is a very straight forward person.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 

Chapter 24

The importance of friendship shines through in this scene, as she really looks at the people she originally planned to mock in her documentary. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.2
What does Lena realize on her last day in Greece? 
Lena knows Bridget very well. This paragraph represents the theme of the importance of friendship. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
What will Tibby do next? 
Bridget needed love, understanding, and friendship to help her through her depression. 

Epilogue

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
Who is the narrator in this section, based on the highlighted text? 
Final Quiz